sin tax


Definition of sin tax

: a tax on substances or activities considered sinful or harmful (such as tobacco, alcohol, or gambling)

Examples of sin tax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And a plastic tax is a sort of sin tax, only on a global scale. Matt Simon, Wired, "Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?," 4 Aug. 2020 But sin tax revenues have dropped in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, Franz said. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County signs off on $3.5 million payment to Cleveland Indians for past Progressive Field work," 4 Aug. 2020 Because those results and thorough analyses aren’t immediate, the slow drip of research findings can often get buried in the intense debate around sin taxes. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "A handful of US cities have passed soda taxes, but are they working?," 26 Feb. 2020 The idea that people should pay for the consequences of their personal choices — sin taxes, basically — has some intuitive appeal. Austin Frakt, New York Times, "The Health System We’d Have if Economists Ran Things," 17 Feb. 2020 The logic behind a sin tax boils down to simple economics. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "A handful of US cities have passed soda taxes, but are they working?," 26 Feb. 2020 Although the Johnson campaign cites a dissenting study, on the whole there is good evidence that sin taxes change people’s behaviour. The Economist, "Boris Johnson may reverse Britain’s embrace of sin taxes," 4 July 2019 Colorado wants a piece of the sin tax from Proposition DD because nobody ever went broke by banking dollars spent on our little vices. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Legalized sports gambling in Colorado will be fun, except for the Broncos QB whose interception costs bettors money," 2 Nov. 2019 Too often sin taxes become taxes on those who can least afford it. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Endorsement: Yes on Prop. DD to let sports gambling fund our water needs," 31 Oct. 2019

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1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Sin tax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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